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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 10

If you read my post on State Fair 2018 you already know that Monday we did not have school because we were showing goats (or watching goats being shown) and freezing. 

Tuesday morning Lily had to go to a recheck on her knee.  She has to do her exercises for a month but other then that is fine.  Later that day we had to go to Nick's Parent Teacher Conference at the school and the girls had gymnastics. Lily did fine without her brace.

 Wednesday we discovered that the Mini Rex rabbit with the mystery injury had died during the night :( We also had Kid's Club.

Thursday Lily had piano and Emmie had dance.  Lily and I went and walked the Nature Trail at the park while we waited for Emmie.

Friday I took the children to Texarkana to do some shopping.  Since we jumped right from summer to winter we needed to get some clothes.  The 4 younger children had outgrown everything.  They still need a few things but at least have pants and some shirts that fit. It was a long day. After being home for an hour, the girls and I headed out to a birthday party and the boys watched Solo while eating pizza at home.

Saturday Liam came over to spend the day and the night so his parents could go to Hot Springs for their anniversary.  The sun was shining and we were so thankful!  We spent most of the day outside.  Liam was very good, but reminded me of the way his mama used to sleep, taking up as much of the bed as he could and wiggling around all night.  If  I were a person that could take a nap, today would be a good day.

 Christian found a stick bug and showed it to Liam.  He wasn't sure what to think about it.

Week 10 in our Homeschool

Bible: We completed 4 lessons in Bible Study Guide For All Ages.

Read Aloud: We read 4 chapters of YWAM Milton Hershey.

History: We read lesson 14 in America's Story on The Cold War.

Science: We continued working on lesson 7 in Apologia Human Anatomy on blood.  We made a model using different items to represent the components of blood and used a magnet to remove iron from cereal.

Music Appreciation: We completed chapter 15 on Johann Strauss and The Beautiful Blue Danube.

Spelling/Reading: The boys completed step 25 in AAS Level 5.  Emmie completed lessons 11 and 12 in AAR Level 2.

Language Arts: Christian and Anthony wrote key word outlines and paragraphs on The Donkey and His Driver.  Emmie completed 4 lessons in Language Lessons for a Living Education.  She had a lesson where she was supposed to write her own simple poem but that was overwhelming for her no matter how many simple examples I gave, so we moved on and will try that again another time.  Lily completed 4 lessons in Hake/Saxon Grammar. 

Math: They completed 4 lessons in MLFLE.

A community service project that I have been working on for our 4 H Club for over a month fell through which was very disappointing.  But we will just do something else for our meeting.  I am trying to get the 4 H STEM Club going again and had to change my meeting plans for that as well, but I think the project idea for this month will be fun. 

I think sometimes people don't think about how many things I have going on all of the time.  I can't be everywhere all at once and I can't keep changing things to accommodate everyone even though I wish I could.  And also some forget that I am homeschooling during the day.  I have been making it a point to ignore texts, phone calls, and emails during school hours.  A few here and there are okay (especially when it is people that know it may be awhile until I can get back to them) but lately it has just been crazy.  My priority during the day is on my children and school and people are just going to have to understand that.

Now I need to go look over the work my two high schoolers completed this week.

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Homeschool Crew Review: Heirloom Audio St. Bartholomew's Eve

Heirloom Audio Productions

If your family enjoys listening to Audio Books, they will love Audio Dramas. We have been very blessed to review several Audio Dramas from Heirloom Audio and were very excited to have a chance to review their newest production, St. Bartholomew's Eve.

St. Bartholomew's Eve

St. Bartholomew's Eve from Heirloom Audio was adapted from the book of the same name by G.A. Henty.  George Alfred Henty was a novelist and is best known for his many historical adventure stories that were written in the late 1800's. Heirloom Audio brings these stories to life with an amazing cast, awesome sound effects, and beautiful music, making the listener feel as though they are living the adventure.

At the beginning of the story, Ned and Sebastien are skipping church and run into Mr. George who tells them of the importance of freedom to worship through the story of  St. Bartholomew's Eve. The story is set in the 1500's in France.  The Huguenots (French protestants) were being persecuted by the Catholics. 16 year old Philip Fletcher from England goes to France to stay with his cousin Francois to fight with the Huguenots for their right to worship as they see fit. Through many battles and obstacles, they fought on with courage, bravery, and faith even when the odds were not on their side.  Philip stays true to his beliefs in Jesus Christ and follows the King of Kings rather then the King of France. At one point they (the Huguenots) are trapped and believe all is lost until a young  boy leads them in singing A Mighty Fortress is our God and an amazing idea comes from God to the Huguenots on how they can survive. Later on, the mother of King Charles IX encourages an assassination attempt on Admiral Coligny, the leader of the Huguenots.  Two days later, the king orders the killing of a group of Huguenots including the admiral and the killings spread first through Paris and then to other areas of France.

St. Bartholomew's Eve stars familiar names such as Brian Blessed (Star Wars), Elizabeth Counsel (The Chronicles of Narnia), David Shaw-Parker (The Muppet Christmas Carol), Brian Deacon (Bonhoeffer), Andy Harrison (The Secret Garden), and Hugo Docking (Oliver Twist.) Listening to the adventure takes a little over 2 hours.  It is recommended for ages 6-adult.

As you can tell from reading the synopsis of the story, this is a war story with many battles and people dying and you should keep that in mind when deciding whether or not this is appropriate for t your children, especially if they are young or very sensitive. It is a very well done story and though intense is not at all gory.  We have enjoyed all of the Audio Dramas we have listened to from Heirloom Audio and this was no different.  I did read a bit of the background of St. Bartholomew's Eve before listening as I was not that familiar with what took place.  Why is it important for our children to listen to this story? Because we take for granted every day our right to worship freely as we see fit and many, many people have suffered and died over the years including the Huguenots because they were persecuted for their beliefs.  We need to remember, learn from history, and not take it for granted.  I loved Philip's character in the story.  He did not even live in France but chose to go and fight for what he believed in.  He was humble, always put Jesus first, and did right to the best of his ability.  As always, the sound effects and the music was amazing.  I absolutely adore Brian Blessed as G.A. Henty.  He has an amazing voice.

I recommend St. Bartholomew's Eve and other Audio Dramas from Heirloom Audio.  They are a great way to bring history to life for your family.

Other members of the Crew reviewed St. Bartholomew's Eve.  To see what my Crew Mates had to say, stop by the Crew Blog!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

State Fair 2018

This year, we went up to the State Fair on Saturday night.  Goats could start arriving in the barns at 10:00 pm Saturday.  The Open Rabbit Show check in started at 7:00 am Sunday morning and we did not want to have to get up at 3:30 to load animals and children and head to the fair. After having to change hotels, get goats settled, and everyone ready for bed we didn't get to sleep until after 11:30 and had to get up at 5:30.  I still am glad we went Saturday night instead of Sunday and a few of the children found ways to get a little rest in the barn.

We have never taken rabbits to the State Fair before. This year Nick had two Mini Rex rabbits he wanted to show.  But, at the end of last week the male started having problems hopping and we have no idea why.  He didn't fall, nothing fell on him, and he has no visible wounds.  But he obviously was not in any shape to take to a show (and would've been disqualified anyway. ) We took the female Mini Rex. a Netherland Dwarf and a Mini Lop.  The Mini Lop was disqualified because it didn't have enough white in it to be considered broken in color.  Somehow we missed the Dwarf or it didn't show up on the show sheet.  The female Mini Rex placed 2nd. We were excited about that!

It finally stopped raining sometime during the Rabbit Show.  It was a long morning but we finished with  in time to eat lunch quickly and get the goats and Christian and Alex ready for Showmanship.  It was a muddy mess out there but we got them as clean as we could.

They did not place but practice is always good experience.

When that was over we took the children to ride rides.

Visit the petting zoo.

We got to see a Sea Lion show!

And stop by the FFA Barn.

By then we had been there more then 12 hours and were tired! So we headed back to the hotel.  We almost couldn't get the van out of the parking lot there was so much mud.
Emmie did NOT want to get up Monday morning

Up again early Monday morning to head back and feed and water goats and for the Market Goat Show.  It was pouring down rain!!! And cold!  Very cold!  And the temperature kept dropping. We froze in the arena watching the show!  I joked before we left about needing to take hats and gloves and we should have!  I was thankful we had goats that were in the lower weight classes so we were only there a few hours instead of all day.

Alex placed 7th in his class.

Christian did not place in his.

We would have loved to stay and see some things we didn't get to on Sunday, but we were so cold and wet we loaded up and headed home. I took the children back to the FFA Barn to try and warm up a little while Art went to get the van and the trailer.

Our dog was very happy when we picked her up from the doggy hotel.

The children had a great time and gained more experience showing their animals.  They are already talking about next year!  And hopefully the weather will be better or we will be more prepared.